$5 million dementia wing opens at Cooinda

A BETTER WAY: Cooinda CEO Robyn Kross in the kitchen of the new multi-million-dollar dementia facility being opened today.
A BETTER WAY: Cooinda CEO Robyn Kross in the kitchen of the new multi-million-dollar dementia facility being opened today.

GYMPIE will be home to one of the best dementia resident services in Queensland when a new wing opens at Cooinda Aged Care Centre today.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss will open the multi-million-dollar building at 11am today, alongside service club representatives, staff and members of the public.

Based on a model adopted from extensive research, the new extension is designed to make resident choice the focus.

After four years in the planning, the much-anticipated 24-bedroom wing will become home to 14 existing Cooinda patients and 10 new patients.

Cooinda CEO Robyn Kross said the centre would provide a move away from traditional task-oriented care and give those suffering with dementia in their care the best

stimulation and security possible.

"This is such a radical move away from how care is usually delivered," Ms Kross said.

"This is person-centred, resident-focused care. It's all based around resident choice."

The open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge allows social interaction and promotes stimulation, while the position and layout of the bedrooms encourages security and a sense of homeliness.

An extensive outdoor area provides ample room for activities, including a bowling green, garden, potting shed and workshop.

Even the choice of furnishings - a modern-day replica of furniture residents would have been surrounded by when they were younger - promotes memory and familiarity.

Ms Kross said it was all a part of supporting the residents as much as possible.

"We adapt to them rather then them adapting to our routines, and hopefully it creates a much better experience of care."

The new wing at 2 Cooinda St will be open to the public from 1pm until 3pm today.

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